An Israeli-American man was caught in a sting operation by the U,S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, and the U was forced to revoke his Israeli passport, sources said Sunday.
The man, Shaul N. Shaul, was caught by the FBI at a New York City airport and charged with trying to smuggle drugs and firearms into the U., the sources said.
The U.K.-based government agency said that Shaul was the first Israeli-born person to be arrested by the ICE in the United States.
Shaul’s wife, Ewa, was arrested in January by ICE agents in New York.
Her passport was revoked on Friday and she was sent back to Israel, where she will be deported back to the United Kingdom.
She was released on Friday evening.
The family was not in contact with the family during the deportation, and their whereabouts were not clear, according to a spokesperson for the Immigration and Homeland Security Department.
Shulans son, Sivan, was also arrested in New Jersey on suspicion of trying to enter the United State illegally.
His wife, Elhanan, was charged with smuggling drugs into the country.
The arrests came after the U-S.
government decided to halt visa processing for Israelis who are suspected of committing crimes, such as being in the country illegally or trying to return.
In November, the State Department announced that it would suspend all visa applications for Israelis for a period of five years, pending a review of visa policies.
The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has condemned the arrest of Shaul and Ewa and urged the U to reinstate their visa.